If You Were Here

“What should I do
about painting the house?”
I’d ask you tonight,
if you were here.
Should I go with paint
or stain, to preserve it?
Should I cover the cedar
with something beige or gray
or restore the natural color
with a power wash
and then a clear-coat?
And this would become
the kind of conversation
I loved to have with you
you’d consider everything
from the longevity of stain
compared to paint
to the barrier
each would create
against insects, ants, bees—
you would look carefully
at the samples,
comment on the positive
attributes of each
and you’d suggest a color
for the doors and trim
and you’d ask me
what I thought
about each company
that gave me a quote—
make sure I felt comfortable
with whoever it was
who would be coming around
for however long it took
to get the job done
and all these things
would be added up
before you even asked
about the cost.
And I loved the way, to you,
the cost of a thing
rarely had anything
to do with money.


Published by demarisgaunt

I currently live in Greenwood, Indiana. I love to listen to music, books on CD, podcasts or NPR as I work in my studio.  My favorite artists are Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I love poetry, but only the good stuff that isn’t so abstract I can’t understand it. Abstraction better lends itself to visual art, I think. Stephen Dunn is my favorite poet. He’s said just about anything that can be said about the inner workings of the heart and mind. My favorite novel is Atonement by Ian McEwan. My all time favorite band is The Cure. I love science, and anything that relates to how the mind works. I don’t believe in the supernatural. If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. If you don’t buy my art or read my poetry, buy one of their books. It will enrich if not change your life.  My favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking and camping. My favorite food is so common, I’ll keep you in suspense (It starts with a P). I prefer chocolate to vanilla. Green is my favorite color. I have an aversion to planning or scheduling of any kind, and I live for spontaneous adventures! Telephone conversations make me anxious, and I avoid them at almost all cost. I had a happy childhood. I’m having a pretty fantastic adulthood. I have every intention of seeing my 100th birthday, after which I will happily relinquish my guts to the future of medicine. Cheers! ~DeMaris

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